The internet and news channels are continually running stories stating how damaging many of the traditional headache remedies, such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin and others, are. These products only offer symptom control, at best, but don’t address the cause of the headache. If the cause of the headache is discovered, then change is possible and the headaches will become a thing of the past.
Some of the most common causes of migraines and headaches are digestive problems, toxins in the body, hormone imbalance, stress, back misalignment, and dehydration. So here are some simple recommendations for working with your body to make your headache a distant memory.
1) Clean out the colon - I have read that the majority of migraines begin in the colon. When the body can’t rid itself of toxins very easily or absorb nutrients, the body becomes unbalanced and under-nourished. Try doing a colon cleanse, such as the Master Cleanse (see early posts), Young Living’s 5 day nutritive cleanse or another reputable cleanse. Try eliminating wheat and gluten, dairy and red meats from your diet to see how you respond. My son gets migraines from dairy. A very small amount will bring a migraine on.
2) Eliminate unnecessary toxins from your environment – many people have adverse reactions to the chemicals in their soaps, body care products, perfumes, but they don’t realize it right away. Try reducing the chemicals in your cleaners, toothpaste, shampoo, foods, drinks, air fresheners. Young Living has soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and other personal care products that contain essential oils and no toxins.
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5) Manage stress – stress causes us to tighten our jaw muscles, our abdomen and our shoulder muscles. Tight muscles lead to misalignment and restricted blood flow. Stress increases cortisol and adrenaline levels, all of which create problems in the body. Breathe! Breathe deeply. Exercise, pray and just take a moment to remind yourself not to take situations too seriously.
6) Balance Hormones- low progesterone levels can lead to estrogen dominant symptoms, one of which is headaches. Balancing our hormones can eliminate PMS, hot flashes, sleeplessness and many other symptoms.
I hope that as you take steps to care for your body, your headaches become a thing of the past.